The Canadian long weekend is ahead! Friends and family will gather in backyards, at the park or at a beach to celebrate Canada Day. With summer now really in full gear, one of our favorite things to do is have a barbecue. It is simply part of the Canadian long weekend experience. So how does one host a great barbecue on a budget well? If you use the Flipp app, it is easy to save both time and money whenever you are getting ready for any long weekend but especially the Canada Day long weekend. With this shopper’s best friend, I was able to find everything on my list!

So How do you plan a Canada Day Barbecue on a Budget?

1. Shop What You Have at Home

To start take stock of what you already have at home that you can use. Always check your pantry and storage first! For us, this means the decor, plates, cutlery. Tablecloth and the Canadian flag are all not necessary purchases. There will be no shopping for these items. Often we forget to take stock of what we have and buy things we do no need. Have you ever realized you have two or more simply because you forgot to check? I know it has happened to me.

2. Menu Plan

Before you hit the grocery store, plan your menu. What do you want to eat? What does everyone love? Will you stick to a theme? For Canada day you may go with family favourites, a Canadian made theme, a red and white theme, or you can create a theme perfect for your gang.

For us we are going with some family favourites we found on the Food Network website. We will be having:

  1. Grilled Corn on the Cob wrapped in bacon. That says Canadian to me.
  2. Mesa Grill’s Southwestern Potato Salad. A nod to my American-born daughter.
  3. Grilled Brussel Sprouts A new favorite of my teen
  4. Hamburgers with Double Cheddar Cheese. We love Canadian cheese.

For dessert, our family loves watermelon and strawberry shortcake.

Check your pantry and fridge to see what you need before you make your shopping list.

3. Make a List

The shopping list is my favourite feature on the app. I use it every week. Do you?

I love how it keeps me organized and helps me plan, and it brings up all the flyers that have the item on sale that way I can locate the best deal quickly. The deals I have in Toronto may be different than the deals you have locally. Here is what is on my list.

I found great deals on:

  • Watermelon at Food Basics for $2.88
  • Corn on the Cob at Walmart for $0.47
  • Batteries which we need to have for toys at The Source for $5.49 + $1.00 off coupon ( from the Flipp app)
  • Lean Ground Beef at Food Basics for $4.99
  • Off at Walmart 2 for $13 ( you can stack this with other offers this week)
  • Banana Boat or Coppertone sunscreen at Metro for 8.99 (again check for stacking possibilities)
  • Fireworks are a great price at Giant Tiger. Sparklers for the little ones are only $1.25
4. Clip Coupons

Did you know you can find coupons on the app? You can. This week batteries are on the list, and I found a $1.00 off Energizer batteries and when I combine that with a sale price I save even more. Do you use coupons? On my list of deals, there are several coupons out there that would allow you to stack and save more. Let us know. I find coupons on several apps, in-store or by following brands on social media.

5. Be a Budget Minded Bartender

Think about it. Trust me your friends will end up thanking you and are less likely to need a cab home. Serve one or to specialty drinks and then have a mocktail available. I use my Soda Stream and add ginger, lemon and a bit of mint to create one for my friends. Can you think of a signature drink you might serve? Have friends that love to drink, then make the bar BYOB.

When you spend a few minutes checking what you have, making a list and checking for coupons you can always barbecue and be a great bartender on a budget while saving time.